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Fast Fashion: The Podcast Experience from WhatRUWearing

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Feed your fashion fix with carefully curated convos that move from the catwalk into your headphones! Hosted by the irreverent, DePaul University Senior Mary Mel, Fast Fashion is not your mother’s podcast. Delivering content that resembles the group chats you have with your best friends, Fast Fashion is the go- to podcast for 20-somethings who want to be inspired, learn new tricks, and keep up with the latest trends across the fashion, beauty, and lifestyle industries. Tune in for bi-monthly convos featuring one-on-one chats about life, careers, and a little love with some kick-ass people you may not be exposed to otherwise. What better way to get your fashion fill without emptying your wallet?

Episodes

Fast Fashion: The Podcast Experience from WhatRUWearing, Tyler Lambert: Fashion Designer
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2017-09-22 13:31:00 UTC 00:30:00
Fast Fashion: The Podcast Experience from WhatRUWearing, Tyler Lambert: Fashion Designer

For this episode of FFP, we sat down with innovative and self-taught designer, Tyler Lambert, the man behind some of designs that the likes Kylie & Kendall Jenner can’t get enough of. Tyler dished on his thoughts regarding influencers asking for free clothes, the impact social media has on his brand, and how being a designer is a God given talent.

When we sat down, Tyler explored his feelings about his hometown of De Pere, Wisconsin, revealing where the inspiration for his designs and aesthetic stem from. Tyler had a childhood filled with creativity, inspired by the people of northeast Wisconsin. Taught by his mother, Tyler learned the basics of using a sewing machine at a young age. From there, his aspirations of becoming a designer led him to Chicago's School of the Art Institute of Chicago, eventually deciding to leave to do his thing.

Since leaving school and building his brand, his designs have been worn by the Jenner sisters and the beautiful Sofia Richie, and recently have been seen on Bella Thorne, Tana Mongeau, Nathalie Paris, and Bebe Rhexa. We had so much fun getting to know Tyler. If you don’t already follow him, follow Tyler on Instagram to be in the loop of all the dope celebrities wearing the shit out of his clothes, and check out designs that you can rock and purchase directly from his site.

Fast Fashion: The Podcast Experience from WhatRUWearing, Nathan Michael: Photographer & Social Media Genius
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2017-09-22 13:31:00 UTC 00:17:40
Fast Fashion: The Podcast Experience from WhatRUWearing, Nathan Michael: Photographer & Social Media Genius

This week, we caught up with independent photographer and founder of Low Res, Nathan Michael. We got to learn all about Nathan’s start in the photography industry, what drove him to build a business around his love for taking pictures and art in general, the impressive clients his company works with, and his thoughts on smart social media for brands as they grow.

Nathan shared a little about his personal life, and what being a small town boy raised in Saginaw, Texas, means to him. Before he settled in Chicago, Nathan was able to move around a lot. And we mean, A LOT. After successfully co-founding Popular Pays, Nathan realized that he missed creating and building a community around a brand. He went on to build what is now today, Low Res. Low Res (pronounced Low-REZ), serves as a visual content agency, event space, and hub for creative minded people.

Did we mention that Nathan has a podcast as well?! The Creative Muscle is a “podcast for the creative in all of us”, with episodes that debunk the myth that creativity is just for artists.

Follow Nathan and his brand, Low Res, on Instagram and [Facebook5 to get and stay inspired around your art and what you love creating.

Fast Fashion: The Podcast Experience from WhatRUWearing, Sheila Rashid: Fashion Designer
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2017-09-22 13:31:00 UTC 00:16:15
Fast Fashion: The Podcast Experience from WhatRUWearing, Sheila Rashid: Fashion Designer

Welcome to season 4 of Fast Fashion: The Podcast from WhatRUWearing! To kick it all off, we interviewed 29-year old designer Sheila Rashid – who, most famously, is the creative brain behind those cute as hell overalls that are now synonomous with Chance the Rapper’s overall brand! (See what we did there?!?) We all saw the video of Beyonce touching them while giving him a hug back stage at the VMA’s last year. And we can guarantee you that we freaked out just as much as he did! And as if that wasn’t enough, Sheila Rashid has the likes of Zendaya, Mick Jenkins, and many more wearing the shit out of her designs.

When we had the privilege of sitting down with this amazing chic a couple of weeks ago, we talked about her roots in the design industry, Chicago’s DOPE fashion scene, and her love for street wear and denim. Her designs have evolved immensely since she decided to leave Columbia University before graduating, taking her own path while using Chicago as her inspiration, and incorporating an “androgynous” aesthetic into her unisex clothing brand. Sheila told us what makes her brand unique and how hand-made clothing goes a long way to keep a brand exclusive, organic, and authentic.

Make sure to check out Sheila’s famous designs on her website, and follow her on Instagram & Twitter. She is literally blowing up and we feel so lucky to now be able to call her a friend. And, if you want to dig even deeper into who she is and her inspiration, check out her feature on MILK.XYZ’s Gender Diaries where she discusses her relationship with gender and how it intersects with her relationship with the fashion industry.

Fast Fashion 3 Episode 8: Solo Sam, Rapper + Artist
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2017-09-22 13:31:00 UTC 00:20:38
Fast Fashion 3 Episode 8: Solo Sam, Rapper + Artist

In our season finale of Fast Fashion, we catch up with hip hop artist Solo Sam. Solo Sam is a unique MC with an awesome retro vibe, but music wasn't always on his agenda. The 21-year-old was originally on his university's football team. Due to an injury he was forced to be off the field, which lead him to his new career. Solo tells us how he stands out in city full of music, how he came up with the name of his upcoming album "Egocentrism," and gives us a sneak peek of one of his favorite songs. The refreshing artist is the perfect example of how things can fall flawlessly into place, even when they seem to not go our way.

Fast Fashion 3 Episode 7: Bebe Jones, Fashion Consultant & Journalist
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2017-09-22 13:31:00 UTC 00:21:04
Fast Fashion 3 Episode 7: Bebe Jones, Fashion Consultant & Journalist

If you don't know BeBe Jones, she's definitely one that should be on your fashion radar in Chicago. Recently, we spent time with her in the studio and fell in love immediately. She is a true lover of fashion with the most positive, and infectious personality.

During our convo, we learned about her family values, how she combined her two loves (journalism + fashion) to start her company.

Want to know how NYFW influenced the name of her company and how the 'Ah-ha' moment in her journal lead to an opportunity with NIKE Chicago.

Be sure to check out her website and follow her on Instagram for 'All-Things Stylish' from designers and stylists to featured Style Mavens and fellow bloggers.

Fast Fashion 3 Episode 6: Alyse Young, Fashion Designer
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2017-09-22 13:31:00 UTC 00:16:36
Fast Fashion 3 Episode 6: Alyse Young, Fashion Designer

In this week's episode, we meet Alyse Young. Alyse is a fashion designer who started designing prom dresses a few years ago, went to London to study design and fell in love with the idea of designing a full line. And today, she launches her debut line, London Alyse, on her e-commerce platform for young, professional women who don't want to sacrifice color and their unique sense of style just because they are heading to the office.

We learn what inspired her the most when coming up with concepts and color patterns for her first line, how she manages the design and production process and the marketing approach she uses to reach the woman she wants in her clothes. Hint: Bad Ass Chics Only!

Fast Fashion 3 Episode 5: Marisa Buchheit, Ms. Illinois/Singer
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2017-09-22 13:31:00 UTC 00:18:53
Fast Fashion 3 Episode 5: Marisa Buchheit, Ms. Illinois/Singer

This week we talk to the 2014 Ms. Illinois about her pageant career, how she got started and what she is doing now. She went from being the shiest girl in the room to standing on stage, competing against other ladies and becoming a professional opera singer- but most importantly, not taking herself too seriously!

Marisa expresses her love for the purity of her genre and why she thinks it will never die out- and she sold us! For news on shows to catch Marisa in and to stay caught up on what she doing, make sure to check her out here and follow her socially, here.

Fast Fashion 3 Episode 4: Tripp Heavy, Rapper/Producer/Artist
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2017-09-22 13:31:00 UTC 00:17:11
Fast Fashion 3 Episode 4: Tripp Heavy, Rapper/Producer/Artist

In the latest episode of Fast Fashion, we dive into a whole new category of guests to introduce everyone to one of our favorite underground Chicago rappers, Tripp Heavy. After Mary Mel gushes about how and when she found him on SoundCloud, we get inside the artists mind about where his inspiration comes from, where he wants to take his career, how Chance the Rapper changed the independent game and the mark he wants to leave on the world. We even get him to flow live for us.

Tripp's album comes out this summer and we can't wait to play it on repeat. Make sure to stay on top of it all by following him and his music!

Fast Fashion 3 Episode 3: Katy Lynch, Entrepreneur/Founder of Codeverse
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2017-09-22 13:31:00 UTC 00:22:46
Fast Fashion 3 Episode 3: Katy Lynch, Entrepreneur/Founder of Codeverse

This week we publish our conversation with the beautiful Katy Lynch. Investor. Entrepreneur. Self Exclaimed Super Hero. We sat down with her a few weeks before she launched her newest venture, Codeverse, to talk all things business, female empowerment, and how we can all be prepared for the future.

She gives us all the feels as she tells us her feelings on starting businesses, what kids should be studying in school today and how she came up with her new venture, Codeverse, the world's first fully interactive coding school and educational tech platform that teaches kids to code.

Trust us, if you ever had the thought to start your own business, you will be 100% ready after listening to our conversation with Katy. Make sure to keep up with her on LinkedIn and Instagram for all the things she is up to now, and in the future.

Fast Fashion 3 Episode 2: Alexandra Moresco, Entertainment Publicist/Founder of A. Moresco PR
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2017-09-22 13:31:00 UTC 00:18:54
Fast Fashion 3 Episode 2: Alexandra Moresco, Entertainment Publicist/Founder of A. Moresco PR

In our latest episode, we get to chat with PR Girl, Alexandra Moresco, a true star girl. Started her own PR Agency before finishing undergrad, managing clients and grad school, meeting with LA producers, planning her wedding and learning how to manage her recently diagnosed Lyme Disease is just some of the things Alex is up to lately. In this chat, we learn how it all came to be and what some of her future aspirations are.

For a peek into the creative side of Alex's life, make sure to check out Al+Lex For more information on Alex's PR Agency and her professional world, check out A Moresco PR And to follow Alex on Instagram, you know what to do.

Fast Fashion 3 Episode 1: Candid Conversations
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2017-09-22 13:31:00 UTC 00:16:06
Fast Fashion 3 Episode 1: Candid Conversations

In the opener to season 3, loyal listeners get introduced to our new host, Mary Mel and new comers get accepted into the WhatRUWearing Girl Gang with a group chat featuring Farissa Knox, the founder of WhatRUWearing and Athena, songstress and bestie to Mary. The ladies candidly talk Instagram behavior and relationship problems with a nice surprise at the end.

To get hooked on WhatRUWearing, make sure to check out our site! Make sure to follow Athena here to peep her style and keep up with her music career.

Fast Fashion 2 Episode 7: Katie Schuppler, Style Consultant & Contributor
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2017-09-22 13:31:00 UTC 00:15:19
Fast Fashion 2 Episode 7: Katie Schuppler, Style Consultant & Contributor

Fast Fashion 2 Episode 6: Whitney Middleton- Stylist & Creative Director
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2017-09-22 13:31:00 UTC 00:16:30
Fast Fashion 2 Episode 6: Whitney Middleton- Stylist & Creative Director

Fast Fashion 2 Episode 5: Blake Von D- Social Influencer & Style Icon
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2017-09-22 13:31:00 UTC 00:22:20
Fast Fashion 2 Episode 5: Blake Von D- Social Influencer & Style Icon

Fast Fashion 2 BONUS EP: WhatRUWearing Group Chat 1
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2017-09-22 13:31:00 UTC 00:19:24
Fast Fashion 2 BONUS EP: WhatRUWearing Group Chat 1

Fast Fashion 2 Episode 4: Alyssa Doorhy- Owner of CoChic Stying
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2017-09-22 13:31:00 UTC 00:19:18
Fast Fashion 2 Episode 4: Alyssa Doorhy- Owner of CoChic Stying

Fast Fashion 2 Episode 3: Jacki Debb- Fashion Stylist & Owner of Jax & Debb Boutique
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2017-09-22 13:31:00 UTC 00:17:02
Fast Fashion 2 Episode 3: Jacki Debb- Fashion Stylist & Owner of Jax & Debb Boutique

Fast Fashion 2 Episode 2: Lily Duevel- Founder of Ladder PR & AdoptedSTYLE
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2017-09-22 13:31:00 UTC 00:15:57
Fast Fashion 2 Episode 2: Lily Duevel- Founder of Ladder PR & AdoptedSTYLE

Fast Fashion 2 Episode 1: Kristine Steiner- Fashion Illustrator
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2017-09-22 13:31:00 UTC 00:13:21
Fast Fashion 2 Episode 1: Kristine Steiner- Fashion Illustrator

Fast Fashion Episode 10: Farissa Knox- Founder of RLM Media & WhatRUWearing
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2017-09-22 13:31:00 UTC 00:24:52
Fast Fashion Episode 10: Farissa Knox- Founder of RLM Media & WhatRUWearing

Fast Fashion Episode 9: Kathy Ruda- Digital Marketer at Nike Chicago
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2017-09-22 13:31:00 UTC 00:25:09
Fast Fashion Episode 9: Kathy Ruda- Digital Marketer at Nike Chicago

Fast Fashion Episode 8: Lauren Gilliam, PR Manager at WhatRUWearing
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2017-09-22 13:31:00 UTC 00:20:47
Fast Fashion Episode 8: Lauren Gilliam, PR Manager at WhatRUWearing

Fast Fashion Episode 7: Emily Cleary, Marketing Manager for Entertainment Cruises Chicago
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2017-09-22 13:31:00 UTC 00:16:21
Fast Fashion Episode 7: Emily Cleary, Marketing Manager for Entertainment Cruises Chicago

Fast Fashion Episode 6: Classic. City. Chic (Chicago Fashion Blog from Sydney & Maya)
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2017-09-22 13:31:00 UTC 00:15:56
Fast Fashion Episode 6: Classic. City. Chic (Chicago Fashion Blog from Sydney & Maya)

Fast Fashion Episode 5: Vinova Deniz (@SeeYouAtBrunch)
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2017-09-22 13:31:00 UTC 00:21:34
Fast Fashion Episode 5: Vinova Deniz (@SeeYouAtBrunch)

Fast Fashion Episode 4: Nicholas Butts (Jr. Agent at 10 MGMT, Intern at Modern Luxury, & Senior at Columbia College)
00:21:57
2017-09-22 13:31:00 UTC 00:21:57
Fast Fashion Episode 4: Nicholas Butts (Jr. Agent at 10 MGMT, Intern at Modern Luxury, & Senior at Columbia College)

Fast Fashion Episode 3: Kristi Pawlowicz, Owner of Fashion Boutique, 522 Envy
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2017-09-22 13:31:00 UTC 00:20:56
Fast Fashion Episode 3: Kristi Pawlowicz, Owner of Fashion Boutique, 522 Envy

Fast Fashion Episode 2: The Legal Side of Fashion
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2017-09-22 13:31:00 UTC 00:17:14
Fast Fashion Episode 2: The Legal Side of Fashion

Fast Fashion- Episode 1 Laura Kujawa, Curator for Gilt City
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2017-09-22 13:31:00 UTC 00:16:31
Fast Fashion- Episode 1 Laura Kujawa, Curator for Gilt City

We all know Gilt City. With locations in Chicago, Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington D.C. it’s literally impossible not to know about the exciting and one-of-a-kind offers suggested by the network. Whether you’re looking for location specific restaurants, shopping, spas, salons, events and even fitness – the team at Gilt City has you covered! But how do they find these fabulous suggestions? Look no further than the curators. In Chicago, Laura Kujawa, Gilt City’s senior curator, is responsible for making you fall in love with some of your favorite spots. So how did she get there? Host Meghan McAllister of Lincoln Park Minute asked just that amongst a number of other questions about Laura’s love of fashion and the best items she’s ever splurged on, in addition to a few that she wouldn’t necessarily drop major coins on. You’ll definitely want to take notes on this one.

Links from this episode: https://www.giltcity.com/chicago

Fast Fashion: The Podcast Experience from WhatRUWearing, DRAMA Duo: Singers/Song Writers/Producers
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2017-12-14 22:56:06 UTC 00:19:40
Fast Fashion: The Podcast Experience from WhatRUWearing, DRAMA Duo: Singers/Song Writers/Producers

WOW. Is it the end of season 4 already??? Time really does fly when you’re having fun! We’ve had incredible creatives throughout this entire season, and so you know we HAD to end it with a bang. In our 12th episode of this season, we chat with our great friends and musicians, Na’el Shehade and Via Rosa, also known as DRAMA duo!

The duo describes their music as happy-sad music that you can actually turn up to…(we know we do). Na’el had produced for many artists worldwide such as Chance the Rapper, Kanye West, Chief Keef, Snoop Dog, and many more from MTV, but eventually decided that he needed to have his own passion project. The universe brought him and Via Rosa together, creating three songs the first night they met (it was meant to be)! Being carefree, confident, and having loads of creative freedom, the duo has no plans of signing to a record label anytime soon. Their music video for their hit song,“Hopes Up”, caught wind back in January, 2016 with over 76k views since its release, and they’re just getting started. They believe their “I Don’t Care” approach kicked off their success, letting that resonate within their songs and performances.

Follow the duo on Insta' and FB and make sure to listen to their amazing new album, Gallows, on Soundcloud! Also, check out their website to follow their upcoming shows so that you can turn up with them. Fast Fashion: The Podcast Experience from WhatRUWearing will be back with more hot interviews and dope individuals early next year. In the meantime, make sure to follow us @FastFashionPodcast and sign up for our email newsletter to stay in touch with us and our obsessions till then. Til' next season, guys!

Fast Fashion: The Podcast Experience from WhatRUWearing, Chai Tulani: Singer/Song Writer
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2017-12-14 22:56:06 UTC 00:21:00
Fast Fashion: The Podcast Experience from WhatRUWearing, Chai Tulani: Singer/Song Writer

We are almost at the end of season 4 (can you believe it?!?) and we are not slowing down! This week, we got to catch up with a the very special and unique musician, Chai Tulani. Chai's a singer and songwriter that incorporates soul, hiphop and blues into a unique style he calls soul hop!

Chai is currently based in Chicago, but is a Kenyan native who moved to the states when he was four years old. He’s been into music since he was young, but took the leap to make it his career four years ago. When he describes his style of music, for him, it doesn’t really fit into one genre. So instead of trying to fit in, he creates with an electric mix of Hip-Hop, Soul, R&B with a sprinkle of Reggae and we are here for it! We talked to him about what his music means to him, and all of the elements of creativity that make his songs sound good to him. Going to one of Chai’s shows, you will see that not only does he incorporate this Kenyan vibes into his music, but he infuses it into his personal style as well! Chai talked to us about some of his biggest marketing strategies. He’s not afraid to put in the work. He believes in the power of performing at open-mics', putting his music on Soundcloud (of course!), and surprisingly, the power of UBER!! What?!

In this episode, Chai gives us a taste of some of the details for his second official project release called Rebxl. We’re so excited to hear his upcoming project on November 22nd and to support him along the way! So give him a follow on Insta’ and take a listen to his most popular songs on Soundcloud. If you would like to check out his upcoming shows, check out his website and maybe we’ll see you at his next show!

Fast Fashion: The Podcast Experience from WhatRUWearing, Julian Gilliam AKA LOGIK: Artist
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2017-12-14 22:56:06 UTC 00:29:39
Fast Fashion: The Podcast Experience from WhatRUWearing, Julian Gilliam AKA LOGIK: Artist

In our latest episode of FFP, we caught up with one of our favorite creators, Julian Gilliam, also known as Logik. Julian is a visual artist, animator, photographer, and painter. We got to pick his brain and learn about the visions behind his art and creative projects, what influences him, and the amazing clients he’s worked with.

Getting to know Logik, and behind his name, was lots of fun! He gave us some insight on the fact that he has always been a true artist since he can remember, but it has been a long journey for him to find the aesthetic/style for his art. He recalls from childhood that whenever anything was put in front of him, knowing that he could make it better. Born in St. Louis, growing up in Ferguson, Logic moved to Chicago when he transferred to Columbia College during his junior year. Utilizing many different art forms to capture his work, painting being his prominent and animation being his favorite, he describes his art creations as “aspirational and uplifting propaganda,” that are meant to influence people around him. He touches on the many projects that led him to the world of advertising, starting as a freelancer, and working his way up to working as the art director for The Estate of Tupac Shakur, working with Nike, and finishing his first commercial. We found out what he thinks about the rapid change in technology, and how he keeps true to himself, as well as his art.

He’s not a fan of the ‘suit and tie’ look, ladies, but he sure knows how to put a dope fit together. Take a look at his projects here, and creep on his Insta’ to keep up with him and so you can catch him the next time he’s live painting!

Fast Fashion: The Podcast Experience from WhatRUWearing, Sa'Rayah: Professional Singer + Songwriter
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2017-12-14 22:56:06 UTC 00:18:20
Fast Fashion: The Podcast Experience from WhatRUWearing, Sa'Rayah: Professional Singer + Songwriter

In our latest episode of FFP, we get to chat with a special lady named Sa’Rayah who started off her singing career with a group called Chicago Catz. From there, she went on to become part of the "Top 12" contestants on the 11th season of The Voice! Sa’Rayah talks to us about being in the competitive music industry and what keeps her motivated, why she picked the celebrity judge that she did over the other who also turned around during her blind audition on The Voice, and what we can expect next from her (she got us SUPER hyped).

Sa’Rayah is from Chicago and grew up in one of the most infamous neighborhoods in the city called Cabrini Green. She grew up singing in church, and we learned that she got her first solo when she was five years old. Sa’Rayah was all things music as a child. Musical theatre, choirs, solo-ensembles, and going to countless competitions was how she spent her childhood. And as if we couldn’t love her anymore, she makes a point to point out in our interview that she’s not only limited to singing one genre. She loves singing anything from soul music (her fav’), pop, hip-hop, and even rock. She is “up for the challenge” of keeping the essence of the song while putting her personal twist on it. So what can we expect from her next?!? In addition to starting her own record label called RegalRock Entertainment. She’s currently finishing up an album, with a single scheduled for release in mid-November, which we couldn’t be more hyped about!

You can find Sa’Rayah on The Voice here, and make sure to follow her Instagram, as well as her Facebook to get in on #SunRaySunday where she chats real talk with all of her followers.

Fast Fashion: The Podcast Experience from WhatRUWearing, Pause Eddie: Professional Dancer + Choreographer
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Fast Fashion: The Podcast Experience from WhatRUWearing, Pause Eddie: Professional Dancer + Choreographer

[In this episode of FFP, we interview our boy Eddie Martin, also known as Pause Eddie, who is an explosive dance machine whose incredible musicality does not skip a beat. Eddie is an instructor who teaches Chicago footwork and hip hop in different parts of Chicago in various renowned studios. He’s known for his aggressive crossovers, erks & jerks (SNAP), as well as his intense footwork. He also gets to brag and say he has worked with the likes of Willow Smith,Nicki Minaj, and Chance the Rapper.

Eddie was born and raised in Chicago, finding his passion for dance at age 14. Eddie reveals where the name, “Pause Eddie” comes from, and what Eddie calls a “gift, given by the leader of his group, King Charles. We learn that footwork is a street style, born and raised in Chicago. The style’s inspirations comes from tap-dancing (Eddie’s favorite), break-dancing, african tribe, and house music. Eddie describes his classes as intense and made sure to tell us “you’re gonna be tired as hell, but have a good time.”

Keeping his cool and confidence when being on America’s Best Dance Crew, America’s Got Talent, and Willow Smith’s FireBall Video, he’s taken all these opportunities to keep working on his passion, and perfect his teaching strategies. When we asked him where he sees his career in dance going, he confidently shot back, “This will take me wherever I want it to take me.” (we love him) To keep up with Eddie and his footwork, follow him on Insta’, as well as his youtube channel to watch all of his recent and upcoming dance videos.

Fast Fashion: The Podcast Experience from WhatRUWearing, Elizabeth De La Piedra: Photographer, Creative Director + ASOS Ambassador
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Fast Fashion: The Podcast Experience from WhatRUWearing, Elizabeth De La Piedra: Photographer, Creative Director + ASOS Ambassador

In this episode of FFP, we interview the wonderful Elizabeth De La Piedra, who is a photographer, creative director and, as of recently, a featured ASOS ambassador! Elizabeth’s work has been featured in top publications like Vogue and Esquire. Liz joined us to talk about her style inspirations, her love for thrift shopping (YAS), and her ideas behind her innovative photography projects.

Liz was born in Peru, and grew up in Sydney, Australia, where she picked up photography in Melbourne, and majored in documentary photography. Once school finished, Liz ventured out to the states and interned in Chicago. Not feeling inspired enough, she decided to move to New York to intern for photographers and agency masters out there. After working on her craft, Liz moved back to Chicago, where she started a family and had ADORABLE babies, and started her own practice. She discussed the difficulties of long distance in the early years with her husband, Josh Young, (one half of popular EDM duo Flosstradamus, who recently started his new project, YehMe2) but since they were both so busy with work, she wouldn’t change those tough years for anything.

Liz describes her photography as "rooted in documentary and portrature.” It’s inspired by real life experiences and humanity in general, but aesthetic wise, it’s more traditional. The photographer’s ALPHABODIES project caught major attention for “exposing the naked truth behind social taboos.” She collaborated with Lydia Neubauer, a health and wellness instructor, and featured two female dancers and tells us all about what the experience of making it was like.

Check out Liz’s website and grab yourself a copy of ALPHABODIES, and make sure to follow her on Insta’ keep up with all of her dope outfits, as well as her DEPOP account to cop some of her looks!

Fast Fashion: The Podcast Experience from WhatRUWearing, Sarah Aiken: Fashion Director & Social Media Manager
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2017-12-14 22:56:06 UTC 00:14:25
Fast Fashion: The Podcast Experience from WhatRUWearing, Sarah Aiken: Fashion Director & Social Media Manager

In this episode of FFP, we interview our lovely friend, Sarah Aiken, who is the director of sales and marketing for VMR, the sleek, minimalist showroom featuring luxury fashion by design houses from around the world. VMR carries everything from Balmain, Brandon Maxwell, Nili Lotan, Off_White (dying), RTA, Iro, and of course, Zimmerman. Sarah also appears in the newly released web series, PRGirl, the reality web series created and released by WhatRUWearing just this week!

Sarah talks to us about her BAD A$$ bosses, and what it's like working at such a unique boutique, that she describes as the “in-between” of Lulu-Lemon, and Gucci. Growing up, Sarah was not ALWAYS decked out in Off_White. She was obsessed with preppy brands such as Vineyard Vines, later letting the street style of Chicago take its place in her personal style. As if that wasn’t enough to keep her busy, Sarah also manages the social for VMR, as well as the Insta’ and Facebook for Chicago Illuminating Company, which is the coolest event space in Chicago’s South Loop.

Of course we had to get the real of what her experience was spending her summer filming, PRGirl, with her best friend, Alex Moresco (check out our awesome interview with her from S3). From the sounds of it, we definitely think she was born to be in front of the camera. Make sure to follow Sarah and her dope clothes on Instagram, and don’t forget to check out VMR on Instagram, for all the designer eye candy you can handle.

Fast Fashion: The Podcast Experience from WhatRUWearing, HERO/BLACK: Fashion Designing Duo
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Fast Fashion: The Podcast Experience from WhatRUWearing, HERO/BLACK: Fashion Designing Duo

For this episode of FFP, we sat down with the dynamic duo Angela Brantley and Rhea Fernandez, the founders and creators of the luxury streetwear brand, HERO/BLACK, inspired by architectural cuts, and masculine and feminine silhouettes. They revealed how the universe first brought them together through the shared love of modeling and a very similar sense of style.We learned the origin behind the name of the brand. Hint: Someone they both love is a Hero and black is both of their favorite color. (Duh)

The designers wanted to conceptualize HERO/BLACK and create a network for strong, creative, fashion-forward women. Although “Chicago will always be home” for the duo, they have future plans to expand the brand into a variety of cities, a favorite being New York. “Why not?” We got to hear about the “experiment” brand, Idle.Wild, that the duo worked on before creating what is today, HERO/BLACK. They have come so far in as little as 2 years, from, first, designing t-shirts and clutches, to, now, a full collection. The girls talked about how exhausting it is to keep up with the rapid change in social media and brands, and how to stay calm in the midst of all the chaos. With their success, we think they’re handling the madness just fine!

“When we’re thinking about our consumer, we’re kinda thinking about ourselves. Because everything that we create, it’s because we wanted to wear it, it’s something we wish existed.” To keep up with the girls and their up-coming designs, follow HERO/BLACK on Instagram, and check out their site to snag some statement pieces for yourself!

Fast Fashion: The Podcast Experience from WhatRUWearing, Sal So Groovy: Stylist & Visual Artist
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Fast Fashion: The Podcast Experience from WhatRUWearing, Sal So Groovy: Stylist & Visual Artist

For this week’s episode of Fast Fashion, we get to chat with style maven, Sal E, also known as Sal So Groovy! “A stylist, A Maker, and a Mover”. During our conversation with Sal, she tells us when she noticed she had an eye for styling, what it’s like being a digital and visual artist, where she gets her project inspiration from, and being a part of projects with up-coming artists and creatives, such as Jamila Woods.

Sal talks about her innovative aesthetic when it comes to styling, and giving herself “challenges” of not using certain patterns, colors, or materials whenever she works with her clients. Inspired by one of her favorite stylists, Shirley Kurata, Sal shares her love for color and how its one of the most important tools that a stylist can have. Not only is Sal involved with many up-coming creatives in Chicago, but she’s also part of the styling team for the lovely women of Nike’s Air Society. Can you say, DAMN?!

Sal is simply “aiming to create beauty with new materials, using a mouse as a pencil, using wardrobe as paintbrush, and using love for imagination as clay.” To keep up with all of her up-coming projects, follow Sal the Stylist on Instagram, and check out her site to see all of her dope projects!

Fast Fashion: The Podcast Experience from WhatRUWearing, Tyler Lambert: Fashion Designer
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Fast Fashion: The Podcast Experience from WhatRUWearing, Tyler Lambert: Fashion Designer

For this episode of FFP, we sat down with innovative and self-taught designer, Tyler Lambert, the man behind some of designs that the likes Kylie & Kendall Jenner can’t get enough of. Tyler dished on his thoughts regarding influencers asking for free clothes, the impact social media has on his brand, and how being a designer is a God given talent.

When we sat down, Tyler explored his feelings about his hometown of De Pere, Wisconsin, revealing where the inspiration for his designs and aesthetic stem from. Tyler had a childhood filled with creativity, inspired by the people of northeast Wisconsin. Taught by his mother, Tyler learned the basics of using a sewing machine at a young age. From there, his aspirations of becoming a designer led him to Chicago's School of the Art Institute of Chicago, eventually deciding to leave to do his thing.

Since leaving school and building his brand, his designs have been worn by the Jenner sisters and the beautiful Sofia Richie, and recently have been seen on Bella Thorne, Tana Mongeau, Nathalie Paris, and Bebe Rhexa. We had so much fun getting to know Tyler. If you don’t already follow him, follow Tyler on Instagram to be in the loop of all the dope celebrities wearing the shit out of his clothes, and check out designs that you can rock and purchase directly from his site.

Fast Fashion: The Podcast Experience from WhatRUWearing, Nathan Michael: Photographer & Social Media Genius
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Fast Fashion: The Podcast Experience from WhatRUWearing, Nathan Michael: Photographer & Social Media Genius

This week, we caught up with independent photographer and founder of Low Res, Nathan Michael. We got to learn all about Nathan’s start in the photography industry, what drove him to build a business around his love for taking pictures and art in general, the impressive clients his company works with, and his thoughts on smart social media for brands as they grow.

Nathan shared a little about his personal life, and what being a small town boy raised in Saginaw, Texas, means to him. Before he settled in Chicago, Nathan was able to move around a lot. And we mean, A LOT. After successfully co-founding Popular Pays, Nathan realized that he missed creating and building a community around a brand. He went on to build what is now today, Low Res. Low Res (pronounced Low-REZ), serves as a visual content agency, event space, and hub for creative minded people.

Did we mention that Nathan has a podcast as well?! The Creative Muscle is a “podcast for the creative in all of us”, with episodes that debunk the myth that creativity is just for artists.

Follow Nathan and his brand, Low Res, on Instagram and [Facebook5 to get and stay inspired around your art and what you love creating.

Fast Fashion: The Podcast Experience from WhatRUWearing, Sheila Rashid: Fashion Designer
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Fast Fashion: The Podcast Experience from WhatRUWearing, Sheila Rashid: Fashion Designer

Welcome to season 4 of Fast Fashion: The Podcast from WhatRUWearing! To kick it all off, we interviewed 29-year old designer Sheila Rashid – who, most famously, is the creative brain behind those cute as hell overalls that are now synonomous with Chance the Rapper’s overall brand! (See what we did there?!?) We all saw the video of Beyonce touching them while giving him a hug back stage at the VMA’s last year. And we can guarantee you that we freaked out just as much as he did! And as if that wasn’t enough, Sheila Rashid has the likes of Zendaya, Mick Jenkins, and many more wearing the shit out of her designs.

When we had the privilege of sitting down with this amazing chic a couple of weeks ago, we talked about her roots in the design industry, Chicago’s DOPE fashion scene, and her love for street wear and denim. Her designs have evolved immensely since she decided to leave Columbia University before graduating, taking her own path while using Chicago as her inspiration, and incorporating an “androgynous” aesthetic into her unisex clothing brand. Sheila told us what makes her brand unique and how hand-made clothing goes a long way to keep a brand exclusive, organic, and authentic.

Make sure to check out Sheila’s famous designs on her website, and follow her on Instagram & Twitter. She is literally blowing up and we feel so lucky to now be able to call her a friend. And, if you want to dig even deeper into who she is and her inspiration, check out her feature on MILK.XYZ’s Gender Diaries where she discusses her relationship with gender and how it intersects with her relationship with the fashion industry.

Fast Fashion 3 Episode 8: Solo Sam, Rapper + Artist
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Fast Fashion 3 Episode 8: Solo Sam, Rapper + Artist

In our season finale of Fast Fashion, we catch up with hip hop artist Solo Sam. Solo Sam is a unique MC with an awesome retro vibe, but music wasn't always on his agenda. The 21-year-old was originally on his university's football team. Due to an injury he was forced to be off the field, which lead him to his new career. Solo tells us how he stands out in city full of music, how he came up with the name of his upcoming album "Egocentrism," and gives us a sneak peek of one of his favorite songs. The refreshing artist is the perfect example of how things can fall flawlessly into place, even when they seem to not go our way.

Fast Fashion 3 Episode 7: Bebe Jones, Fashion Consultant & Journalist
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Fast Fashion 3 Episode 7: Bebe Jones, Fashion Consultant & Journalist

If you don't know BeBe Jones, she's definitely one that should be on your fashion radar in Chicago. Recently, we spent time with her in the studio and fell in love immediately. She is a true lover of fashion with the most positive, and infectious personality.

During our convo, we learned about her family values, how she combined her two loves (journalism + fashion) to start her company.

Want to know how NYFW influenced the name of her company and how the 'Ah-ha' moment in her journal lead to an opportunity with NIKE Chicago.

Be sure to check out her website and follow her on Instagram for 'All-Things Stylish' from designers and stylists to featured Style Mavens and fellow bloggers.

Fast Fashion 3 Episode 6: Alyse Young, Fashion Designer
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Fast Fashion 3 Episode 6: Alyse Young, Fashion Designer

In this week's episode, we meet Alyse Young. Alyse is a fashion designer who started designing prom dresses a few years ago, went to London to study design and fell in love with the idea of designing a full line. And today, she launches her debut line, London Alyse, on her e-commerce platform for young, professional women who don't want to sacrifice color and their unique sense of style just because they are heading to the office.

We learn what inspired her the most when coming up with concepts and color patterns for her first line, how she manages the design and production process and the marketing approach she uses to reach the woman she wants in her clothes. Hint: Bad Ass Chics Only!

Fast Fashion 3 Episode 5: Marisa Buchheit, Ms. Illinois/Singer
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Fast Fashion 3 Episode 5: Marisa Buchheit, Ms. Illinois/Singer

This week we talk to the 2014 Ms. Illinois about her pageant career, how she got started and what she is doing now. She went from being the shiest girl in the room to standing on stage, competing against other ladies and becoming a professional opera singer- but most importantly, not taking herself too seriously!

Marisa expresses her love for the purity of her genre and why she thinks it will never die out- and she sold us! For news on shows to catch Marisa in and to stay caught up on what she doing, make sure to check her out here and follow her socially, here.

Fast Fashion 3 Episode 4: Tripp Heavy, Rapper/Producer/Artist
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Fast Fashion 3 Episode 4: Tripp Heavy, Rapper/Producer/Artist

In the latest episode of Fast Fashion, we dive into a whole new category of guests to introduce everyone to one of our favorite underground Chicago rappers, Tripp Heavy. After Mary Mel gushes about how and when she found him on SoundCloud, we get inside the artists mind about where his inspiration comes from, where he wants to take his career, how Chance the Rapper changed the independent game and the mark he wants to leave on the world. We even get him to flow live for us.

Tripp's album comes out this summer and we can't wait to play it on repeat. Make sure to stay on top of it all by following him and his music!

Fast Fashion 3 Episode 3: Katy Lynch, Entrepreneur/Founder of Codeverse
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Fast Fashion 3 Episode 3: Katy Lynch, Entrepreneur/Founder of Codeverse

This week we publish our conversation with the beautiful Katy Lynch. Investor. Entrepreneur. Self Exclaimed Super Hero. We sat down with her a few weeks before she launched her newest venture, Codeverse, to talk all things business, female empowerment, and how we can all be prepared for the future.

She gives us all the feels as she tells us her feelings on starting businesses, what kids should be studying in school today and how she came up with her new venture, Codeverse, the world's first fully interactive coding school and educational tech platform that teaches kids to code.

Trust us, if you ever had the thought to start your own business, you will be 100% ready after listening to our conversation with Katy. Make sure to keep up with her on LinkedIn and Instagram for all the things she is up to now, and in the future.

Fast Fashion 3 Episode 2: Alexandra Moresco, Entertainment Publicist/Founder of A. Moresco PR
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Fast Fashion 3 Episode 2: Alexandra Moresco, Entertainment Publicist/Founder of A. Moresco PR

In our latest episode, we get to chat with PR Girl, Alexandra Moresco, a true star girl. Started her own PR Agency before finishing undergrad, managing clients and grad school, meeting with LA producers, planning her wedding and learning how to manage her recently diagnosed Lyme Disease is just some of the things Alex is up to lately. In this chat, we learn how it all came to be and what some of her future aspirations are.

For a peek into the creative side of Alex's life, make sure to check out Al+Lex For more information on Alex's PR Agency and her professional world, check out A Moresco PR And to follow Alex on Instagram, you know what to do.

Fast Fashion 3 Episode 1: Candid Conversations
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Fast Fashion 3 Episode 1: Candid Conversations

In the opener to season 3, loyal listeners get introduced to our new host, Mary Mel and new comers get accepted into the WhatRUWearing Girl Gang with a group chat featuring Farissa Knox, the founder of WhatRUWearing and Athena, songstress and bestie to Mary. The ladies candidly talk Instagram behavior and relationship problems with a nice surprise at the end.

To get hooked on WhatRUWearing, make sure to check out our site! Make sure to follow Athena here to peep her style and keep up with her music career.

Fast Fashion 2 Episode 7: Katie Schuppler, Style Consultant & Contributor
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Fast Fashion 2 Episode 7: Katie Schuppler, Style Consultant & Contributor

Fast Fashion 2 Episode 6: Whitney Middleton- Stylist & Creative Director
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Fast Fashion 2 Episode 6: Whitney Middleton- Stylist & Creative Director

Fast Fashion 2 Episode 5: Blake Von D- Social Influencer & Style Icon
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Fast Fashion 2 Episode 5: Blake Von D- Social Influencer & Style Icon

Fast Fashion 2 BONUS EP: WhatRUWearing Group Chat 1
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Fast Fashion 2 BONUS EP: WhatRUWearing Group Chat 1

Fast Fashion 2 Episode 4: Alyssa Doorhy- Owner of CoChic Stying
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Fast Fashion 2 Episode 4: Alyssa Doorhy- Owner of CoChic Stying

Fast Fashion 2 Episode 3: Jacki Debb- Fashion Stylist & Owner of Jax & Debb Boutique
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Fast Fashion 2 Episode 3: Jacki Debb- Fashion Stylist & Owner of Jax & Debb Boutique

Fast Fashion 2 Episode 2: Lily Duevel- Founder of Ladder PR & AdoptedSTYLE
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Fast Fashion 2 Episode 2: Lily Duevel- Founder of Ladder PR & AdoptedSTYLE

Fast Fashion 2 Episode 1: Kristine Steiner- Fashion Illustrator
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Fast Fashion 2 Episode 1: Kristine Steiner- Fashion Illustrator

Fast Fashion Episode 10: Farissa Knox- Founder of RLM Media & WhatRUWearing
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Fast Fashion Episode 10: Farissa Knox- Founder of RLM Media & WhatRUWearing

Fast Fashion Episode 9: Kathy Ruda- Digital Marketer at Nike Chicago
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Fast Fashion Episode 9: Kathy Ruda- Digital Marketer at Nike Chicago

Fast Fashion Episode 8: Lauren Gilliam, PR Manager at WhatRUWearing
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Fast Fashion Episode 8: Lauren Gilliam, PR Manager at WhatRUWearing

Fast Fashion Episode 7: Emily Cleary, Marketing Manager for Entertainment Cruises Chicago
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Fast Fashion Episode 7: Emily Cleary, Marketing Manager for Entertainment Cruises Chicago

Fast Fashion Episode 6: Classic. City. Chic (Chicago Fashion Blog from Sydney & Maya)
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Fast Fashion Episode 6: Classic. City. Chic (Chicago Fashion Blog from Sydney & Maya)

Fast Fashion Episode 5: Vinova Deniz (@SeeYouAtBrunch)
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Fast Fashion Episode 5: Vinova Deniz (@SeeYouAtBrunch)

Fast Fashion Episode 4: Nicholas Butts (Jr. Agent at 10 MGMT, Intern at Modern Luxury, & Senior at Columbia College)
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Fast Fashion Episode 4: Nicholas Butts (Jr. Agent at 10 MGMT, Intern at Modern Luxury, & Senior at Columbia College)

Fast Fashion Episode 3: Kristi Pawlowicz, Owner of Fashion Boutique, 522 Envy
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Fast Fashion Episode 3: Kristi Pawlowicz, Owner of Fashion Boutique, 522 Envy

Fast Fashion Episode 2: The Legal Side of Fashion
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Fast Fashion Episode 2: The Legal Side of Fashion

Fast Fashion- Episode 1 Laura Kujawa, Curator for Gilt City
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Fast Fashion- Episode 1 Laura Kujawa, Curator for Gilt City

We all know Gilt City. With locations in Chicago, Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington D.C. it’s literally impossible not to know about the exciting and one-of-a-kind offers suggested by the network. Whether you’re looking for location specific restaurants, shopping, spas, salons, events and even fitness – the team at Gilt City has you covered! But how do they find these fabulous suggestions? Look no further than the curators. In Chicago, Laura Kujawa, Gilt City’s senior curator, is responsible for making you fall in love with some of your favorite spots. So how did she get there? Host Meghan McAllister of Lincoln Park Minute asked just that amongst a number of other questions about Laura’s love of fashion and the best items she’s ever splurged on, in addition to a few that she wouldn’t necessarily drop major coins on. You’ll definitely want to take notes on this one.

Links from this episode: https://www.giltcity.com/chicago